CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Oct. 9): Artificial Intelligence and Cancer; Bryan Cranston Profiled

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CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Oct. 9): Artificial Intelligence and Cancer; Bryan Cranston Profiled

“60 Minutes” (10/09/16) – It helps us drive our cars, use our cell phones and socialize online, but artificial intelligence is beginning to make a big difference in cancer, too.

And that may be just the beginning, as Charlie Rose reports on the next edition of “60 Minutes,” Sunday, Oct. 9 (7:30PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.

Watson, the IBM technology, is now doing much more than beating humans on TV’s “Jeopardy!” Five years after that, the A.I. technology has the ability to learn and analyze mountains of data and is now becoming a crucial tool for doctors. Scientific research grows at a rate of some 8,000 academic papers a day—far too much for doctors to keep up with. In an analysis of more than 1,000 cancer patients, Watson found the same treatments available that doctors had recommended 99 percent of the time. But Watson did better than the doctors in other ways, says Dr. Ned Sharpless.

“The more exciting part about [the analysis] is, in 30 percent of patients, Watson found something new—so that’s 300-plus people where Watson identified a treatment that a well-meaning, hard-working group of physicians hadn’t found,” says Sharpless, head of the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The treatments identified by Watson were in clinical trial or had only become approved or revealed recently. “These were real things we would have considered actionable had we known about it at the time of the diagnosis,” says Dr. Sharpless.

Watson had been trained to read medical literature. It read 25 million published medical papers in about week and was also able to scan the Web for the latest scientific research. As an artificial intelligence, Watson can understand and analyze natural language. It continuously learns and never forgets.

Although still in its infancy, the science of A.I. has made more progress in the past five years than in the previous 50. The technology is also being used in other ways—including in robots. Rose interviewed a life-like robot named Sofia in a moment that will be featured in his story Sunday night.

A.I. is already enhancing military technology, education and medicine, but we are only seeing a small fraction of what it may potentially mean for civilization. Says John Kelly, head of IBM’s A.I. business unit and research labs, “So fast forward from [Jeopardy!], five years later, we’re in cancer now,” he tells Rose. “It’s only at a few percent of its potential. I think this is a multi-decade journey that we’re on and we’re only a few years into it.”

Then, later on “60 Minutes,” his performance was cut from “Amazon Women on the Moon.” He made hemorrhoid ointment commercials and did the soaps. He was even stung by a bee on a private part while filming a silly “Malcolm in the Middle” episode. This was Bryan Cranston’s life before he broke out in the hit TV show “Breaking Bad.” Now things keep getting better for the man acclaimed for playing the chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White. Cranston talks to Steve Kroft about his life before and after making it big for a “60 Minutes” profile Sunday, Oct. 9 (7:30PM ET) on the CBS Television Network.

The kudos he won for his Emmy-winning stint in “Breaking Bad” led to opportunities to win a Tony and get nominated for an Oscar. “It’s surprising for an old journeyman actor,” says the 60-year-old Cranston. Stardom wasn’t expected, he says. “The things you want professionally are opportunities, and through good fortune, that’s what happened. Opportunity has come to me,” he tells Kroft.

The Oscar nomination was for his leading role in “Trumbo.” He won his Tony for nailing the role of Lyndon Johnson in an ambitious play about the 36th president. “[Johnson] was Shakespearean in size…that’s a big bite to take and it scares me a little bit…I realized, ‘Oh, this is an enormous play and it almost all me….’ I started to panic.”

But he didn’t panic when a scene in “Malcolm in the Middle,” the fairly successful sitcom that he acted in before “Breaking Bad,” called for the actor to be covered in bees. “There were 75,000 of them,” he recalled. But he still got stung—in the worst place. “In one of the boys down below. Very sensitive. The beekeeper went, ‘Sorry. I’ll help you anywhere else, but I’m sorry.’”

“Malcolm in the Middle” ran for seven seasons before it was cancelled. It turned out to be his lucky break, however. “Had ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ been picked up, I would not have been available for the pilot of ‘Breaking Bad,’ and right now, someone else would be sitting in this chair talking to you. Not me,” Cranston tells Kroft.

Kroft and “60 Minutes” cameras visited him on the set of “Sneaky Pete,” a crime series he was filming for Amazon Prime. As Kroft reports, Cranston is the series co-creator, director and executive producer, and he acts in the drama. “I do force myself to sleep with myself to get the job. But that’s always a disappointment,” quipped Cranston.

“60 Minutes,” the most successful television broadcast in history, began its 47th season in September 2016. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2015, making Nielsen’s Top 10 list nine consecutive weeks in the fall of 2014.

Over the 2013-2014 season, “60 Minutes” continued its dominance as the number-one news program, drawing an average of 12.2 million viewers per week – almost twice the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and three million viewers ahead of the most-watched daily network evening news broadcast. The average audience for a “60 Minutes” broadcast still dwarfs the biggest audiences drawn by cable news programs.

Anderson Cooper, Steve Kroft, Sanjay Gupta; Lara Logan, Scott Pelley, Morley Safer, Lesley Stahl and Bill Whitaker all serve as correspondents and contributing correspondents.

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